Durban clamps down on wayward behaviour.

They peed, fixed cars, washed taxis and hung laundry on balconies. Durbanites, it seems, are not too worried about a by-law that could see them face a R40 000 fine.

The municipality’s “Nuisances and Behaviour in Public Places” by-lawwhich came into effect on Fridaymade no difference to people who continued withNuisance” behaviourThe city urged residents late last year to be “On their best behaviour” after the promulgation of the by-lawswhich the city aims to use to clamp down on wayward behaviourSome of the by laws includeNo urinating in publicno hanging of clothes offences, wallsbalconies and verandasno littering and no washing or repairing vehicles in public spaces.

The Independent on Saturday asked the city’s permission to witness the metropolises’ enforcement of the lawsbut was told by senior media liaison officer Gugu Sisilana that: “Unfortunatelydue to the nature of the workwe cannot arrange or allow for you to go out with metro police during the enforcement.” The city said last year that abusivethreatening or foul language or gestures would not be tolerated in public spacesalong with fightingurinating or defecating in public.

People would also not be allowed to bath or wash in public unless it was part of a religious or cultural ceremony and permission had been soughtThe by-laws also forbid the consumption of liquorbeing drunk in publicgambling and the use of drugs in public.



source: March 2016

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